Dog dies, 4 more pets rescued in afternoon house fire

A house fire Friday afternoon in Bethlehem Township displaced two adult residents, a township fire official said.

Firefighters quickly got the fire under control and rescued three dogs and a cat, but found one dog dead, Nancy Run Fire Co. Deputy Chief Brett Buskirk said.

Nancy Run and the Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire Co. were dispatched at 3:36 p.m. to the fire at 3536 New Hampshire Ave., on the corner with Ohio Street, he said.

The first crew arrived at 3:42 p.m. and found fire from a kitchen window, Buskirk said.

Residents were home at the time but were able to get out safely, the deputy fire chief said.

The American Red Cross responded to assist two adults who were displaced with the pets, Buskirk said. The Red Cross Pennsylvania Rivers Chapter serves a nine-county area including the Lehigh Valley.

The fire grew to a second alarm, bringing in firefighters and trucks from Upper Nazareth, Palmer and Lower Saucon townships, Buskirk said.

It was reported under control at 3:48 p.m.

The cause remained under investigation.

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